Routledge English Language Introductions cover core areas of language study and are one-stop resources for students. Assuming no prior knowledge, books in the series offer an accessible overview of the subject, with activities, study questions, sample analyses, commentaries and key readings - all in the same volume. The innovative and flexible 'two-way' structure is built around four sections - introduction, development, exploration and extension - which offer self-contained stages for study. Each topic can also be read across these sections, enabling the reader to build gradually on the knowledge gained.
*is a comprehensive introduction to the subject
*covers the major historical and sociopolitical developments in world Englishes, from the reign of Queen Elizabeth I to the present day
*explores the current debates in world Englishes, from English in postcolonial America and Africa and Asian Englishes in the Outer Circle, to Creole development in the UK and US, and the best way to teach and test World Englishes
*draws on a range of real texts, data and examples, including articles from the New York Times and The Economist, emails and transcripts of speech
*provides classic readings by the key names in the discipline including Chinua Achebe, Charles Alobwede d'Epie, Ulrich Ammon, David Graddol, David Li, Lesley Milroy, Marko Modiano, Ngugi wa Thiong'o, Alastair Pennycook and Henry Widdowson.
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Jennifer Jenkins teaches World Englishes at the English Language Center at Kings College, London.Review:
This book provides an excellent, informative introduction to the vexed question of English as a world language. It assesses the modern spread of the English language factually in an unbiassed fashion and presents students with a wealth of exciting practical work that will enable them to develop a balanced perspective of the 'global' language English..
– Richard Watts, University of Berne, Switzerland
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